Opening Night Gala

St.Annes Church
3 July

+ pre-screening Q&A with Director Maurice Linnane, Arena’s Anthony Wall and Other Voices’ Philip King

Returning to the marriage of sound and image that has so successfully marked previous Opening Night Galas at the East End Film Festival, the EEFF this year opens with a tribute to a unique musical talent. ARENA: AMY WINEHOUSE (a BBC Arena/Other Voices co-production) combines never-before-seen concert and archive footage to gives us a glimpse into the world of a true musical icon. Exposing a unique talent and exploring her deep affection for jazz, soul and gospel, this film is anchored by live concert footage from arguably one of Amy Winehouse’s most incredible performances.

Recorded in December 2006 when on the brink of international fame, her stripped down renditions of You Know I’m No Good, Rehab, Love Is A Losing Game, Me and Mr. Jones, Tears Dry On Their Own and Back To Black were performed in a hauntingly atmospheric church in the small Irish fishing village of Dingle, and the EEFF can therefore think of no better venue than the beautiful, gothic Hawksmoor Church of St. Anne’s in Limehouse to present what is a moving portrait of a musical icon.   

Originally recorded for acclaimed Irish television programme Other Voices, this footage has been specially augmented with an extensive interview and rare archive footage of some of music’s greatest names, including the legendary Mahalia Jackson; Sarah Vaughan; Ray Charles and the Shangri-Las.

Screening in St Anne’s Church, this will be the only opportunity to experience this spell-binding celebration of song on the big screen, and will be followed by a night of live performance by some very special guests, before an afterparty late into the night. We look forward to welcoming you to EEFF 2012, in cinema and song.

Purchase your tickets here.

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